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Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration

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2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

The City of Boulder invites the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through several community-led events, including a march, theater, music, discussions, poetry, story reading and lectures. Many events are sponsored by the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission and the Boulder Arts Commission.

Saturday, January 18

Peers Building Justice

Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the  Boulder Public Library, Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue

Youth will showcase their research findings and personal connections to civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and racial justice through creative projects. Event hosted by, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, Jan. 18, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 5300 Baseline Road

Celebration lunch, panel discussion, poetry reading, storytelling and performance of the Heritage Choir. Event hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee.


Interrogating and Imagining Public Space – Art, Representation and Justice

Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at C.U. Visual Arts Complex, 1085 18th Street.

This event will include a seminar/lecture about CU Boulder’s Educational Opportunity Programs, which were established in direct reaction to the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, student speakers, tile making and music. This event hosted by Graduate Students of Color Collective.

Sunday, January 19

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Lock-In / Day of Service

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Monday, Jan. 20 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Road.

Youth overnight lock-in followed by a day of service. Participants need to reserve space in advance. Event organized by the Community United Church of Christ Boulder, First Congregational Boulder, Islamic Center of Boulder, and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Monday, January 20

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March

Monday, Jan. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m.  The event will begin at old Pearl Street Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street and conclude at The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street.

This event is hosted by Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - "Remembering His Life, Renewing His Legacy"

Monday, Jan 20, Reception from 3 to 4 p.m. and Celebration from 4 - 5 p.m., Glenn Miller Ballroom, CU Campus

Family friendly celebration and call to courageous action in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gathering at 3pm with refreshments, ceremony begins at 4pm and lasts about an hour. Includes a children's chorus from Whittier Elementary International Baccalaureate School, Keynote Speaker Boulder City Council Member, Junie Joseph, and is a partnership with CU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Bread+Belonging Lutheran Campus Ministry and other campus partners. Download the event flyer by clicking here. pdf


Justus Performance, Incarceration Stories

Monday, Jan. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street.

A theater work featuring autobiographical monologues by formerly incarcerated community members. This event is hosted by Motus Theater.


2020 Martin Luther King Day Talent Showcase of Boulder

Monday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road.

This is talent show featuring local singers, dancers, and music groups. One performance is a presentation of one of Martin Luther King’s speeches designed to extend insight into his life and dream.

This event is hosted by the Boulder Speakers Bureau.

For more information on these events, call German Velasco of Boulder Office of Human Rights, at 303-441-4197. To learn about other events in the Denver Metro Area, Click Here. pdf


Download the event flyer by clicking here pdf our the image below. Other events may be added to the website and not appear on the flyer.